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Obituary – Roy “Dean” York

Roy Dean York, age 79, son of Rocial Milton York and Iva (Barton) Southworth, was born March 11, 1942, in Licking, Mo. He passed away on June 21, 2021, at Evelyn’s House in St. Louis, Mo.

Dean is preceded in death by his parents, Rocial York and Iva Southworth; one brother, Dale Southworth; and two nieces, Shelli Vitale and Brette DeWitt.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Judy (Merckling) York of House Springs; one son, Jay York of Houston; and a daughter, Angel (Bernie) Gilley of House Springs; seven grandkids and six great grandkids, Kiley (Mallorie) and Preslie Gilley of House Springs, Joshua (Amanda) and Brooklynn York of Houston, Janney (Julia) Mason and Binnington Gilley of House Springs, Jacob (Taylor) and Hadleigh of Summersville, Bekka-lyn Gilley (Tony) and Colton Golick of High Ridge, Danika and Rayna Gilley of House Springs; three brothers, Ray (Sudie) York of Rolla, Bill (Sherry) Southworth of Columbia and Steve Southworth of Frostproof, Fla.; two sisters, Carole (Gene) DeWitt of Raymondville and Karen (Mark) Edwards of Troy; and several nieces, nephews and family members.

Dean although bouncing around to different areas mainly grew up in the Licking and Raymondville areas. He graduated from Licking High School in 1960.

He married Judy Merckling on March 24, 1961, and they had two children.

Dean was saved and baptized at a young age along with his mom and a brother at Wildwood House of Prayer. He attended many churches throughout his life.

Dean, in his younger years, worked on many cars and trucks with family, while doing carpentry work for a living. After moving near St. Louis to work at Chrysler Corporation for 18 years before retiring to “his chair”. He and his wife, Judy, traveled to many areas around the country to site-see God’s beautiful scenery.

Dean loved his family and loved spending time with them. He loved being outside while they were playing and running around. He loved anything to do with cars. Most people never knew he was a fantastic artist at drawing houses and cars. He enjoyed buying, selling and trading up vehicles, which at one time travelled to Rochester, New York to trade a 2001 Chevy dually, straight across, for a 1930 Model A and drove the Model A back to House Springs, it took 9 tanks of gas!

Dean will never be forgotten, and memories will always be cherished.

Memorials may be made to Boone Creek Cemetery in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be made at

Visitation is Friday, June 25, 2021, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Evans Funeral Home with Services beginning at 11 a.m. in the Chapel with Cody Neugebauer officiating. Burial is in Boone Creek Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers are Kiley Gilley, Joshua York, Janney Gilley, Jacob York, Tony Golick and Mason Gilley.

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